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‘Bank robbers are hiding in the woods’: police

‘Bank robbers are hiding in the woods’: police

Published: 09 Aug 2012 10:14 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Aug 2012 10:14 GMT+02:00

The three armed men who robbed a bank on Monday morning are believed to be hiding in the woods near the Norwegian border, with police revealing that they escaped with 100,000 kronor ($14,945) - in coins.

Police are continuing the hunt for the three perpetrators who robbed a bank in Töckfors in western Sweden on Tuesday and believe the men are still in western Värmland, east of Oslo.

After keeping silent about the amount stolen, the bank revealed Wednesday that the thieves escaped with 100,000 kronor in coins, which they carried off in blue Ikea bags.

Now, police are concentrating their search in a wooded area near the border where they believe the men are in hiding, an area which includes passageways and smuggling routes.

“There is an extremely dense network of roads in the area,” said Tommy Lindh of the Värmland police to the TT news agency.

“It’s easier to straighten out a spider web than to get to the bottom of this net of roads.”

Further details have emerged about the robbery itself, with police explaining that the thieves were inside the bank for 28 minutes, although it remains unconfirmed if this revolved around waiting for a timelock to deactivate.

Police are also on the lookout for a blue V70 Volvo which has vanished after the men allegedly escaped in one after torching their first getaway car.

The men are believed to be armed with AK4 automatic weapons.

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10:51 August 9, 2012 by Gm_Tuzik
en......100,000 kronor ($14,945) - in coins..... that is HEAVY
11:13 August 9, 2012 by Swedish Cat
All that trouble for 100,000 SEK...in coins! They might be able to order a couple of pizzas and beers if they manage to drag themselves over the Norwegian boarder.
13:00 August 9, 2012 by krattan
Actually as coins aren't traceable it might have been what they were looking for. 100 000 does not sound like much but could be used to pay off some drug delivery so that the amount could be multiplied. Or to pay off some debt hanging over their heads. As far as I understand drugs are often involved in these types of crimes.
13:00 August 9, 2012 by Svensksmith
Check out the local arcade.
13:08 August 9, 2012 by prince T
Catch them. Stop telling us where they are. I hope they dont read ur junk and move on. U should have equipment for detecting movement in the woods.
14:13 August 9, 2012 by åkpåse
If it was kronor they stole, and they were lucky enough to get 10's then I calculate 10 000 of these at 6,6g each makes 66kg of coins. Quite a hassle to lug around.
14:33 August 9, 2012 by J Jack
many Swedes are about 66kg overweight anyway .. think about it.
17:34 August 9, 2012 by Dazzler
Bust out the helicopter with FLIR. If they are there, they are as good as caught! Your welcome, that'll be 25.000 kr!
21:14 August 9, 2012 by Rishonim
Although I hope they get caught, I don't think they should waste to much man power to catch these guys? But then again this is Sweden and we know that the system would rather spend a lot of time catching illegal movie download perpetrators than rapist and murderers.
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